ASDA’s community is made of over 20,000 dental students as well as the faculty and administrators who make your learning experience meaningful. Each month, ASDA will highlight dental students and faculty from ASDA chapters across the United States.
If you would like us to feature you or a student or faculty member at your chapter, please contact Danielle Bauer, director of membership and marketing, at email@example.com.
Name: Ashkaan Bahreini
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: President
Plans after graduation: After graduation, I would like to enter an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.
Favorite ASDA benefit: My favorite ASDA benefit is something that isn't even listed on the website. It is the lifelong friendships I have made with my future colleagues in the dental profession.
Last good book you read: The last book I read was “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, and his 10,000-hour rule of mastery has really helped me put my second year of dental school into perspective.
Mac or PC? That's a tough one, but I'd have to say PC because I've never had an issue with them.
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: The most embarrassing song I have on my iPod would have to be “Bye Bye Bye” by 'N Sync.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: The one possession I can't live without is my iPad. For the longest time I just thought they were giant iPhones, but I bought one during first year and now I use it for everything.
Unique hobby or interest: I don't know if it's a unique hobby or interest, but I am a total foodie and I love to eat. I love trying out new food and different places, and whenever I travel anywhere I plan the trip based on what I plan on eating while I'm there.
Name: J. Stansill Covington III, DDS
Dental School: University of Tennessee
Position held at dental school: Professor and Associate Dean
Dental school you graduated from: Tennessee
Dental specialty: General Practice
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My path to dentistry was a little different than most. Actually, I originally wanted to be a chemist and had just completed a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry. While I had some skill in synthetic chemistry, after a couple of years in graduate school the idea of being in a lab the rest of my life lost some of its appeal. I enjoy being around people, and my family dentist was highly respected in our community. He seemed happier than most folks, and his patients seemed to smile going into the office as well as coming out. That began my path to dentistry.
How does ASDA benefit your students? Our chapter usually has 100% membership in the student body. They are well-organized and very active with excellent leadership. Our chapter keeps us informed about legislative issues and the importance of organized dentistry to our profession. The level of communication is extremely high, and much energy is expended making certain that the entire student body is included in all events. Even though I am in academic dentistry now, I have been an ADA member since the day I graduated.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Many new dentists are graduating with significant student loan debt. This “number” may distract a new graduate to the detriment of her or his family. Don’t forget to make time for yourself and your family. Be diligent in your profession, and that “number” will take care of itself.
Last good book you read: “Bad Science” by Gary Taubes. I have read this several times. It is a science history book written in 1993, and it should be mandatory reading for anyone pursuing a degree in the sciences. It is a true story of good scientists who believed so strongly in an idea (cold fusion) they started seeing data that didn’t exist.
Unique hobby or interest: Since graduating from dental school, I have always had one or two antique British sports cars whose continuing need for maintenance keeps me off the streets. Currently in the garage are a 1966 Jaguar XKE Coupe and a 1950 MG-TD.
Name: Chrissy Barry
Hometown: West Islip, NY
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: Communications Coordinator at Baylor and District 9 Events Coordinator
Plans after graduation: General Dentistry
Favorite ASDA benefit: Networking with other students, dental companies, and dentists
Last good book you read: Stiff
Mac or PC? Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: Nsync Bye Bye Bye
Personal possession that you can’t live without: My Persian cats
Unique hobby or interest: Hiking
Name: Kevin King, DDS
Position held at dental school: Clinical Faculty and Assistant Professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Illinois
Dental school you graduated from: University of Illinois-Chicago
Dental specialty: General
How does ASDA benefit your students? I think it helps to show them the value of organized dentistry. This being three fold, much like our tripartite association. It helps to develop camaraderie and collegiality, it serves to offer an educational forum and it shows the importance of legislative action in helping to shape the future of the profession.